Jodi V. Terranova Partner




Jodi Terranova, co-chair of Wilson Elser's Medical Malpractice & Health Care Practice, maintains a robust legal practice concentrated on litigating medical malpractice cases on behalf of physicians, hospitals, managed care organizations, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. She also represents allied health care professionals, including psychologists, nurse midwives, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners and medical assistants. Jodi is recognized for her capable defense of complex medical malpractice cases in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Experienced in litigating high-exposure cases, Jodi has served as a National Director on the DRI Board of Directors (2018‒2021). To help avoid lawsuits, Jodi routinely provides seminars on topics such as proper documentation and effective communication between health care practitioners and patients. Jodi co-authored a comparative law review on medical malpractice as it relates to COVID-19 and has given presentations on cybersecurity, HIPAA and COVID-19 liability immunity. She has developed an inclusive and practical approach to case management that gives her clients the reassurance that is vital to a strong working relationship.

Jodi previously served as the DRI State Membership Chair for the District of Columbia and has served as the DRI State Representative for the District of Columbia as well as Program Chair for the DRI 2018 Medical Liability and Healthcare Seminar. She was named a Washingtonian Top Civil Defense Lawyer for 2017‒2018 and 2020‒2021, and a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2013−2015. Jodi also is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC).

View Jodi's exemplar trial experience.

Areas of Focus

Medical Malpractice
Jodi has extensive experience defending complex medical malpractice cases in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. She has obtained a number of defense verdicts in medical malpractice cases arising in all areas of medical specialty, from orthopedics to urology Jodi regularly handles matters involving the full range of medical malpractice claims, including misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, failure to treat, surgical or procedural errors, and childbirth injuries, among others. She also is knowledgeable about medical malpractice claims stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as damages relating to understaffing and negligent failure to warn or protect patients. As co-chair of Wilson Elser's Medical Malpractice & Health Care Practice, Jodi leads a team of experienced medical malpractice attorneys, nurse paralegals and paralegals in developing successful medical-related defense strategies. Jodi also defends clients at disciplinary hearings before professional boards.  

General & Premises Liability
Jodi’s clients include insured and self-insured commercial businesses, restaurants, transportation companies, schools and public and private landlords. She defends against virtually every type of personal injury and property damage claim.

Representative Matters

Obtained verdict in the District of Columbia for orthopedic surgeon in carpel tunnel injury surgery case.

Obtained verdict in the District of Columbia for urology group on wrongful death claim for allegations of negligence in failing to properly place a suprapubic catheter.

Obtained verdict in the District of Columbia for emergency medicine physician’s physician group on the issue of contributory negligence of the plaintiff in a failure to properly diagnose an ectopic pregnancy where the plaintiff was instructed to follow up with her Ob/Gyn and failed to do so.

Obtained a favorable settlement for a nonprofit 501(c)3 physician group practice in a case involving the alleged failure to properly monitor a patient who committed suicide while receiving inpatient care.

Obtained a dismissal for a certified nurse midwife (CNM) at an Informal conference before an Agency Subordinate of the Virginia Joint Boards of Medicine and Nursing after the Joint Boards alleged that the CNM violated various laws and regulations during her care of a mother and newborn during the labor and delivery process.